Minister La'auli resigns

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By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, 23 August 2017

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La'aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt, has stepped down from office.

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He submitted his resignation today following the criminal charges filed against him by the Police.

La'auli is charged with obtaining by deception. His wife and a business colleague have also been charged in connection to a business deal that had gone sour.

In a media statement, Laauli said he is resigning with a "heavy heart." 

"For the integrity of Cabinet, Government and with the highest respect to the Prime Minister, I willingly surrender my Cabinet portfolios but will retain my status as a Member of Parliament to await the outcome of the Court proceedings."

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By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, 23 August 2017

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